Canine Massage Therapy: Hydrossage

Beginner Grooming Course Itinerary

  As a first time groomer training a student- some groomers have told me they don't know where exactly to start!  This is an overview of the very beginning classes that I go through with my students that are starting out at beginner level. Now, of course you would have to allow for individual progress and ability so there is no set amount of time to go over this info- it is up to you and your student. And remember, that this is not legal advice or part of an accredited school itinerary, it is just an example for you to draw ideas from. Good luck teaching!



    Basic Beginner

Introduction Schedule

Week(s) ________:

1.     Canine History

2.     Canine Anatomy

a.      Skeletal

b.     Muscular

c.     Joints & Ligaments

d.     Neurological

e.      Superficial Landmarks and Defining Characteristics

f. Physical Compositions and its Effects on Performance and Ability

3.     Understanding Some Canine Behavior

4.     Reading Body Signals & Language

5.     Understanding and Reading Fear Aggression

6.     Determining Reactions and Their Sources

7.     Our Purposeful Body Language and Safety Procedures

8.     Restraint and Holds for Fearful and or Aggressive Dogs

9.     When to Say When and How to Talk to Clients            



1.     Grooming tool refresher

(covers some different models, ergonomic design, quality tips, product recommendations, fitting tools to your hands, etc.)

q       Brushes

q       Combs

q       Nail clipper & styptic

q       Ear cleaner & powder

q       Hemos

q       Clippers

q       Clipper blades

q       Scissors

q       Servicing your tools

q       Sanitizing your tools

2.     Shampoo & conditioner 101

q       Shampoo types

q       Conditioner types

q       Coat conditioner sprays

q       Detangling sprays

q       Topical skin care & ingredients

3.     Nail clipping & holding the foot

4.     Effective Holding and Support Methods

5.     Ear cleaning & plucking and body language

q       Ear canal diagram

q       Ear cleaning solution & ear powder ingredients


q       Prebath work

q       Identifying skin problems and product usage

q       Bathing Techniques and Body Language

q       Drying techniques & using products

q       Brushing techniques

q       Understanding body language and implementation

-         TEST-


q       Prebath

q       Identifying skin problems & over brushing cautions

q       Undercoat removal procedures & product usage

q       Dematting procedure & product usage

q       Deep brushing & blower usage w\ product usage

q       Bathing & drying techniques

q       Thinner shear usage

q       Sanitary clipping & finish work


8.     Checking clients in

q       Understanding terms & theory of 5

q       Evaluating coat, skin and body language: recommending services

q       Discussing any medical issues

q       Determining services & selling them

q       Understanding and covering your service disclaimers

9.     Checking clients out

q       Explaining procedures & charges

q       Charging for your work

q       Personalizing your work & building return clients

10. Time management & taking breaks

11.  Caring for your physical\mental self



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